Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedia

This looks crazy and fascinating.

Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Volume I

It even comes in more than one volume. Keep it on your coffee table. And not that you would use it too often, but being able to break down the origin and history of the tattoos belonging to the guy across the restaurant would be a solid way to show a little element of danger to a woman.

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  • John Cooper

    I have the book. It is fascinating, but beware: it’s not for the faint of heart. (The racism, misogyny, and cruelty in many of the tattoos make those of the Aryan Nation look like My Little Pony decals.) If I saw any of these on a man nearby, I’d leave quickly.

    In fact, I’d say the book is more valuable as a look into the former Soviet penal system than as a book of tattoos.

    • Very interesting. That actually makes me more curious to check it out.